How to eat healthy according to Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine has developed over 3,500 years and is one of the oldest proven treatments for preventing common health problems and treating illnesses. It includes a wide range of different treatment methods and practices, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy, guasha, massage (tui na), limb correction (die-da), exercise (qigong) and nutritional therapy.

In this article, I’ll give you some easy eating tips that support healthy living and can help you feel better.

Eat lightly

Eat enough to keep your hunger at bay. Eating too much puts a strain on the spleen and disrupts its function. This causes stagnation, which leads, among other things, to swelling of the stomach.

Drink between meals, not during a meal

Drinking impairs the activity of digestive fluids and enzymes in the stomach. Food is also easier to chew when you don’t just flush it down. Drink half an hour before or a couple of hours after a meal.

Eat calmly

There must be plenty of energy for digestion, especially during meals. If you are angry, worried or scared, your energy balance is upset. Then food doesn’t digest properly and nutrients aren’t absorbed as well. Being able to relax is important for healthy digestive function. Eat calmly, chew carefully and enjoy your meal.

Eat according to the seasons

In summer, it’s a good idea to eat cool, fresh berries, fruits and vegetables to get rid of body heat. In the winter and cold seasons, it’s good to eat warm foods and warming spices like garlic and ginger, and to eat warm foods that keep the body’s engine running. Just like a car engine needs to be warmed up in winter to keep it running and running well in cold weather.

Chantal Hellevig

I am an acupuncturist, Chinese medicine expert, and a registered podiatrist. I studied Chinese medicine at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and in Traditional Chinese Medicine Academy of Malaysia. I have furthered my knowledge while working in Finland, China, Singapore and Taiwan with experienced doctors.

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